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Julian De Martinis On February - 11 - 2011

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Milan-Parma

Make no mistake about it, if Milan are to win the scudetto this season, it is games such as these that will be decisive.

The table-topping side has dropped points the last two games and allowed Inter right back into the race, with Napoli hovering a mere three points below as well.

Parma however secured a draw at home to Fiorentina last matchday thank to new arrival Amauri. Can he repeat his heroics in a showdown with the top? Vital.

Roma-Napoli

Perhaps the most delicate of all the games this weekend. For Napoli to continue a run towards a fairytale title, they must repeat an early season victory over stuttering Roma.

The Giallorossi are fresh off a somewhat heroic five-three loss to Inter, and desperately need the points to reverse a poor run of form. Napoli will relish the absences of Philipe Mexes and Nicolas Burdisso causing a crisis in the center of the Roma defense, with Cassetti likely to slot in as centerback. Pivotal.

Palermo-Fiorentina

Fiorentina are yet to win away this season and it seems unlikely that they will break this duck as the travel to Sicily to play a side that has only lost twice at home.

The Rosanero are fresh off a win against Lecce which saw them score three goals in five minutes thanks to the devastating Javier Pastore, Abel Hernandez, and Josip Ilicic. Fiorentina are rather stingy at the back however and have only conceded twenty four goals this season. Can Palermo repeat their feat against Lecce and continue a march up the table? Form.

Cagliari-Chievo

Ninth face off against tenth in a battle for mid-table supremacy. Caglari are still learning to cope without Alessandro Matri, fresh off the Juve, and will look to the likes of Roberto Acquafresca to break Chievo’s resistance.

Chievo however have only won once away in the league since September, and currently lead Serie A in draws, amassing a whopping ten. Deadlock.

Bari-Genoa

Bari are, quite simply, just awful in Serie A this term, seven points below nineteenth place. Coach Giampiero Ventura has been sacked and replaced with Bortolo Mutti, who must be hoping for a honeymoon period to lead his side to their first points in eight matchdays. The port city are inconsistent as ever, winning only once in their last five, and have won only thrice on the road all season. Unfortunately for Bari, this may well be their fourth. Buried.

Brescia-Lazio

Brescia will be desparately looking to gain points and escape the relegation zone, and they should be high on confidence following a 2-0 victory over Bari. Lazio are a much better team however and need the points themselves to prevent slipping out of the top four. Any victory will depend heavily upon Hernanes, who has resurfaced with a goalscoring touch last time out against Chievo, but should be simple enough for the capital side: Brescia have not won two games in a row since September 22nd. Routine.

Catania-Lecce

Our 17th place hosts meet 16th place Lecce in another battle that could heavily influence the relegation dogfight.

Catania, winless since before the winter break, have scored only twice in their last five thanks to Maxi Lopez.

Lecce, however, have one win in their last five and have scored in each of those games, with a different goalscorer every time. Look for Lecce to break away from the bottom and leave Catania in a mess of trouble. Salvation.

Cesena-Udinese

Udinese have taken 13 out of their last 15 points, have defeated the likes of Juventus away, and haven’t failed to score since November. Conversely, Cesena haven’t tasted victory since January and have the sixth most porous defense in the league. Toto Di Natale will look to capitalize and keep pace with Napoli’s Edinson Cavani for the capocannoniere race. Hopeless.

Sampdoria-Bologna

Sampdoria have gone from bad to worse this season and have not scored in four matchdays. Bologna however are on a solid run of form and fresh off a 1-0 victory over Catania. Without Antonio Cassano and Giampaolo Pazzini, and with Federico Macheda and Massimo Maccarone yet to find form, a victory will be hard to come by for Il Doria- this has a draw written all over it. Bore.

Juventus-Inter

The Derby d’Italia has come again. Inter will look to best old foes Juventus in a bid to catch Milan at the top of the table. Juve, however, need the points themselves in order to re-launch a bit for the top four. The key matchup will be Samuel Eto and Giampaolo Pazzini, both in devastating form for Inter this term, against the Juve backline of Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, and new arrival Andrea Barzagli. Games in Italy do not get any bigger than this. A must-see.

Julian De Martinis

Calcio, Azzurri, and Roma tifosi. Blogger, correspondent, podcast host (@LaMagicast). Lover of books, movies, wordplay, family, and a good cappuccino.

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